Sunday action at Sony Ericsson Open 09

Venus Williams battled to a 7-5, 6-3 win over Anna-Lena Groenefeld

Venus Williams battled to a 7-5, 6-3 win over Anna-Lena Groenefeld

Amelie Mauresmo defeat Flavia Pennetta 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-2

Amelie Mauresmo defeat Flavia Pennetta 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-2

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki defeated Patty Schnyder  64, 64 to reach the fourth round

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki defeated Patty Schnyder 64, 64 to reach the fourth round

Hungary's Agnes Szavay oust Serbian Ana Ivanovic 64, 46, 61

Hungary's Agnes Szavay oust Serbia's Ana Ivanovic 64, 46, 61

Ausralian Samantha Stosur win over Russian World No. 2 Dinara Safina 61, 64 on Sunday as probably the biggest of her career

Ausralian Samantha Stosur win over Russian World No. 2 Dinara Safina 61, 64 on Sunday as probably the biggest of her career

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Sunday, March 29, 2009 : Result

ATP Main Draw Singles – Third Round

[2] R Federer (SUI) d [28] N Kiefer (GER) 64 61
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d [31] P Mathieu (FRA) 64 61
[7] G Simon (FRA) d [29] R Schuettler (GER) 36 61 61
[9] G Monfils (FRA) d [22] M Safin (RUS) 57 75 76(3) – saved 2 M.P.
[10] J Tsonga (FRA) d [Q] R Kendrick (USA) 75 64
[5] A Roddick (USA) d [25] D Tursunov (RUS) 76(9) 62
[Q] T Dent (USA) d [15] T Robredo (ESP) 75 63
[13] J Blake (USA) vs [21] T Berdych (CZE)

WTA Main Draw Singles – Third Round

[1] S Williams (USA) d [32] S Peng (CHN) 75 62
S Stosur (AUS) d [2] D Safina (RUS) 61 64
[4] E Dementieva (RUS) d [31] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) 62 62
[5] V Williams (USA) d A Groenefeld (GER) 75 63
N Li (CHN) d [6] V Zvonareva (RUS) 64 36 62
[25] A Szavay (HUN) d [7] A Ivanovic (SRB) 64 46 61
[8] S Kuznetsova (RUS) d N Vaidisova (CZE) 61 64
E Makarova (RUS) d [9] N Petrova (RUS) 75 61
[10] A Radwanska (POL) d [21] K Kanepi (EST) 64 63
[11] V Azarenka (BLR) d [22] A Chakvetadze (RUS) 61 64
[13] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [18] P Schnyder (SUI) 64 64
[19] A Medina Garrigues (ESP) d [16] D Cibulkova (SVK) 76(4) 16 55 – ret. (cramping)
[20] A Mauresmo (FRA) d [15] F Pennetta (ITA) 67(5) 62 62
[17] J Zheng (CHN) d [14] A Cornet (FRA) 64 60
[24] A Kleybanova (RUS) d [Q] A Yakimova (BLR) 63 36 64
[26] I Benesova (CZE) d G Dulko (ARG) 63 62

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Star Spotting @ Sony Ericsson Open 09

Iglesias kids, pose with their tennis idol, Rafael Nadal

Iglesias kids, pose with their tennis idol, Rafael Nadal

Sandy "Pepa" Denton and Bryant McKinnie

Sandy "Pepa" Denton and Bryant McKinnie

Model Brooklyn Decker watches fiance Andy Roddick

Model Brooklyn Decker watches fiance Andy Roddick

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Support Earth Hour @ 8:30PM local time, 28 March 2009

8:30PM local time, wherever you live on planet earth. Saturday 28 March 2009

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Vote Earth

“THIS SATURDAY 28 MARCH AT 8.30PM YOU CAN VOTE EARTH BY SWITCHING OFF YOUR LIGHTS FOR ONE HOUR – EARTH HOUR”

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Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player Awards (2008)

Player of the Year – Serena Williams
Doubles Team of the Year – Cara Black and Liezel Huber
Most Improved Player – Dinara Safina
Comeback Player of the Year – Zheng Jie
Newcomer of the Year – Caroline Wozniacki
Humanitarian of the Year – Ana Ivanovic
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award – Elena Dementieva
Player Service Award – Liezel Huber
Favorite Premier Tournament – Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart)
Favorite International Tournament – The Commonwealth Tennis Tournament (Bali)

032709 / info @ WTA

Clijsters Confirms August Return, first stop at Cincinnati

clijster-return032709Former world No.1 Kim Clijsters of Belgium on Thursday announced her return to competitive tennis almost two years after retiring from the sport at just 23 years old.

“I intend to play in the US Open and almost certainly in the tournaments at Cincinnati (early August)- my first official tournament back – and Tornoto,” she told a press conference in her hometown.

“I have been practicing on a regular basis with my training partner Wim Fissette and by physical coach Sam Verslegers, sometimes as much as six hours a day.

The right-hander, famous for her trademark splits defensive play, won 34 WTA tournaments and 11 doubles’ crowns, including the 2005 US Open title when she defeated French player Mary Pierce 6-3, 6-1 at Flushing Meadows.

She also won the 2002 and 2003 women’s season-ending tour championship title.

What happens after Flushing Meadows in early September, however, depends on several factors, she insisted.

“I will have to take stock of how I manage to combine my family situation with life on the circuit – I am a mother and a wife after all,” she said. “Also we will have to see how I come out of it all physically.”

032709 / Source YahooNews

Sony Ericsson Open – Miami

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Miami, FL, USA
Prize Money: $4,500,000 (Premier)
Hardcourt/Outdoors
March 25 – April 4, 2009

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Zvonareva sweep BNP Paribas Open Title, beats Ivanovic

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Fourth seed Vera Zvonareva completed the sweep of the singles and doubles titles at the 2009 BNP Paribas Open as she defeated defending champion Ana Ivanovic 7-6(5), 6-2 on Sunday in Indian Wells.
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Zvonareva, the Olympic bronze medallist in Beijing last August, captured her ninth career title and second of the season after her victory at Pattaya City in February. She boasts the best wins/loss record on the circuit, at 18-2 following the final and will move back up to a career-high No. 5

Vera Zvonareva, who teamed up with Belarusian Victoria Azarenka to clinch the doubles title Saturday, is the second player after Lindsay Davenport to win both women’s titles during the same tournament week at Indian Wells. The American accomplished the feat in 1997 (w/Zvereva) and again in 2000 (w/Morariu).

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Azarenka/Zvonareva Claim Women’s Doubles Title

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Victoria Azarenka and Vera Zvonareva claim the women’s doubles title at the BNP Paribas Open, prevailing in a Match Tie-break against Gisela Dulko and Shahar Peer 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 on Saturday morning at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The 19-year-old Azarenka has now won two Tour doubles titles, her first coming last month at Memphis with Caroline Wozniacki, while the 24-year-old Zvonareva has now won five. She won her last title in 2006 at the US Open with Nathalie Dechy.

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